After more than two months of self-isolation, Arsenal players returned to training earlier today. They are working in small groups only and must remain at least two meters (six and a half feet) away from each other at all times. Only players and key staff are permitted at the facility. Players must bring their own kit, boots, and water bottles with them every day. But they’re back at London Colney.
According to the Premier League, every player and staffer was tested for coronavirus before returning to training — six people were positive out of 748 total tested. Watford confirmed three people, including one player, tested positive. Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan tested positive and is asymptomatic. An unknown third club also reported positive tests. Going forward, testing will be conducted twice a week at every club.
The Premier League was initially targeting a June 12th return-to-play, but the expectation is that date will be pushed back. League shareholders, players, broadcasters, and the government (presumably) are still finalizing the plan to complete the season. UEFA has mandated that leagues have a plan in place by May 25th, with an eye towards completing the 2019-20 season by late July.
Of course, Mikel Arteta returned to London Colney with the best-kept hair. Did you expect anything else?